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1,393 Flips | 42 Magazines | 2 Likes | 11 Following | 3,681 Followers | @cedgar11 | I am a middle/ high school technology teacher... love learning new technologies and sharing them with students and other teachers. Currently, the kids are teaching me how to play Minecraft.

AI Is Inventing Languages Humans Can’t Understand. Should We Stop It?

Researchers at Facebook realized their bots were chattering in a new language. Then they stopped it.<p>Bob: “I can can I I everything else.”<p>Alice: “Balls have zero to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to.”<p>To you and I, that passage looks like nonsense. But what if I told you this nonsense …

15 free games that will help you learn how to code

Online learning has come a long way in the last few years. There are interactive courses, tons of online tutorials, and one of my personal favorite ways to practice coding: games.<p>While a game alone probably isn't going to teach you everything you need to know about coding, it can be a really …

This Is the No. 1 Predictor of Career Success, According to Science

It has been over three years since Steve Jobs died.<p>Since then, books have been written and movies have been made.<p>Each has celebrated his legacy and …

How Video Games Make You Work

My virtual employment history lacks, some might say, a certain focus. In the 1983 arcade game Tapper, I spent a summer as a bartender, sliding jugs of Budweiser with showboating precision along polished tables, to the delight of patrons. Paperboy, from 1985, had me bicycling up and down a suburban …

The First 5 Minutes: Ignite Student Learning

To improve student outcomes, says teacher educator Curtis Chandler, it's important to invest extra attention in the first five minutes of class. He …

The Ugly Truth Behind Pretty Pictures

Wine choice angst? There's an app for that

<b>If you've ever been handed a wine list the size of an encyclopaedia in a posh restaurant and succumbed to mild panic, you're not alone.</b><p>Many of us feel sweaty palmed when having to choose from a bewildering array of wines we've never tasted or even heard of, especially when we're trying to impress a …

Reading The Game: No Man's Sky

<i>For years now, some of the best, wildest, most moving or revealing stories we've been telling ourselves have come not from books, movies or TV, but from video games. So we're starting an occasional series,</i> Reading The Game<i>, in which we take a look at some of these games from a literary …

Five Critical Skills to Empower Students in the Digital Age

The beginning of the school year is a time to set the tone for a student’s learning experience, including what teachers expect from students and …

Makerspace for Education

<b>Make the World a Better Place!</b><p>Welcome to your exciting day of hands on learning! Today we are going to explore Micro:bits, Makey Makey, Coding and …

15+ Ways of Teaching Every Student to Code (Even Without a Computer)

In my opinion, parents of every student in every school at every level should demand that all students be taught how to code. They need this skill …

3 Key Qualities for a School Makerspace

Over the past year I had the privilege of leading a team to create makerspaces in 15 high schools around the Bay Area. Our goal was to learn how to help educators create makerspaces in schools and use making in the classroom. DARPA, which funded our program, eventually wanted to take what we …

Varsity gamers: Making history and dumbfounding parents

They go by monikers like BoomBoom, xshockwave27x and ClydeBot. They calculate click speeds and work to build up their APM, or actions per minute. They don jerseys emblazoned with sponsorship logos while sitting in $400 top-of-the-line gaming chairs.<p>In a custom-built, tricked out room on the third …

9 Things Every Student Should Be Able to Do with Google Drive

March 8, 2014<br>Today I want to introduce you to some basic features integrated in Google Docs and which your students can use to help them with their …

4 Important Google Drive Skills for Teachers

December 3, 2015<br>As we were sifting through our Google Drive archive here in <i>EdTech and mLearning</i> it dawned on us to create this list of important tips …

A Librarian's Guide to Makerspaces: 16 Resources

Making Things in Academic Libraries

The past few months have seen lots of discussion about makerspaces in libraries. What’s a makerspace? Buffy Hamilton’s great post over at the Unquiet …

Creating a School Library Makerspace: The Beginning of a Journey | Tech Tidbits

Our library at Silver Creek High School in Longmont, CO is an active hub for extracurricular activities. We host an Anime Club, monthly Poetry Slams, …

A Glimpse Into New Generator Makerspace in Burlington

click to enlarge<p>Inside 40 Sears Lane, a new maker facility is gradually taking shape. The massive warehouse owned by Champlain College will be the …

Fostering Creativity With Makerspaces

I always come up with some big projects for my own students, but what about the rest of the building? I'd never been supported in larger school or …

Makerspaces

Ideas for Using Minecraft in the Classroom

Make History Come Alive<p>There are many already-created three-dimensional replica structures, like the Roman Colosseum and the Globe Theatre in London, …

School 3D Printer Maker Challenge ignites STEM involvement

Integrated STEM education through School 3D Printer Maker Challenges<p>Integrated Science, Technology, Education, and Math (“STEM”) education is …

Armed with the Arts Inc

We are launching a micro-press, specializing in non-fiction and poetry for children. Our first list will be announced soon. Thank you for your …

How to Build an Epic LEGO Wall

September 12, 2014<b>in</b> Learning Spaces, Makerspaces50 Comments<p>If you’re the type of person who loves to print instructions out, I’ve created a …

MakerSpace

We set out with several goals in mind when created the Teen MakerSpace at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County in Ohio. One of those …

MindShift

The concept of “doing” or “making” before any explicit instruction has been given, is part of the school’s attempt to shake up its teaching.

What Does the Next-Generation School Library Look Like?

Teachers balked because the library was no longer quiet, but students liked it, and many at-risk students became frequent visitors. Some even …

Is "Maker" Education Ready to Go 1-to-1?

By onSeptember 24, 2015 10:08 AM<p>Instead of laptops or digital tablets, what if schools gave every student kits of programmable electronics that can …

Makerspaces

Play

“Even at the university level we’re choosing talent based on math scores, not on capabilities and demonstrated abilities,” Dougherty said. He thinks …

Libraries Make Space For 3-D Printers; Rules Are Sure To Follow

At hundreds of libraries across the U.S., 3-D printers can sometimes be heard whirring in the background, part of an effort to encourage interest in the new technology and foster DIY "maker spaces."<p>In some libraries, officials have begun to set restrictions on the 3-D printers amid concerns about …